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Red Rocket Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marcobrau on 09-27-2003)
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8%

Pours a pretty hazed amber brown. Nose is a cherry wood toned kind of thing. Pungent. Flavor is pungent as well. Fairly acidic. Has a thick earthiness to it. Slight fruit tones too. Leafy and biting overall. Feel has a slightly attacking carbonation as well. Feel is pretty thick on the body. This one is a hearty. A bit too intense to make it a session ale and comes off a lot like an amber ale, but it works well enough.

Thanks to ArrogantB for yet another local brew to be able to try.

04-19-2009 18:25:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.9/5  rDev +40%

Went by the brewery today for a swift pint & didn't find anything big that struck my fancy, so I gave this a shot, I don't remember this tasting this good before, but this my 1st review for this so it gets a break

Poured amber/red with a 1.5: white head. Head retention was average and lacing was good

Smell: Huge "in your face" piney and floral hop aroma, blew me away. Some malt fruittyness snuck through

Taste: Big piney and citrussy hops folowed by fat maltiness and fruittyness. Finished hoppy and quenching (fruitty)

MF: Perfect balance and good carbonation, maybe slightly
overdone

I could drink this in draft form all day. Will have to try again to see how it fares. I find this to be a good not great beer in the bottle. But still worth a try in that form as well

follow up 5 may 2007, purchased a keg for a party & stand by my original raiting!

05-13-2006 04:29:24 | More by russpowell
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

pours a crystal clear orange color with a nice thick sudsy head that leaves chunky lacing all down the glass. smells malty and thin, more of an english vibe here and an american one, minimal hops in the nose. taste a bit more hoppy, but malts are still the prime movers here, especially for an american pale ale, it lacks a hop kick ive come to expect for the style. the aftertaste evolves to a bit of hop bitter, but its too little too late. mouthfeel is very very light, almost watered down. decent carbonation, but its just too uneventful for me. maybe the first bristol beer ive had that was thin like this. overall a drinkable pale ale in the english style, but not a homerun by any stretch

02-02-2012 02:20:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a small white head. Simple enough aroma; sweet malts and a decent crisp hoppiness. A solid sweet malt backbone in the taste, with a good balance of floral hops, citrusy, organic. Mild and drinkable, with a light-medium body. Not bad.

08-17-2011 11:28:22 | More by Rifugium
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mactrail

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +20%

Surprisingly good beer from a brewery that has been bottling the same stuff year after year. A very nice aroma of flowery hops joins the flavor of fruity hop flavors with just enough bitterness. Supposed to be dry-hopped with Cascades, which gives it a familiar and lively flavor.

Classic amber in the glass, better than average carbonation and head retention. Clean and well made. Just a little of the earthy flavors, along with a sharp finish. Light body, plelasantly bitter aftertaste.

I usually avoid this brewery for their lack of interesting beers, but this is one of the best Pale Ales I've had. This would be the thirst-quenching lighter beer to look for. From the mixed 12-pack on sale in Denver now, six different beers.

12-18-2011 04:33:00 | More by mactrail
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

A light amber colored beer; clear. The head is slightly off white that leaves a sticky lace.

The aroma is more malt than hop. Interestingly, this beer was served ice cold. Flavor wise, it starts with a touch of malt than quickly bursts into a strong raw, green hop bite. This surprised me considering the smell. Medium body, high carbonation with a long dry hop aftertaste.

Decent flavoring but the aroma knocks this one down a few levels.

06-07-2004 01:20:55 | More by smcolw
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beernads

Florida

2/5  rDev -42.9%

06-07-2014 18:13:49 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -22.9%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness nonical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, pretty decent cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is decent.

Sm: Sweet malts, caramelization, English style hopping, and some toasted malt. A moderate strength aroma. Somewhat appealing, though a bit aggressive for the style.

T: Pleasant cream is a highlight here. The sweet malts and English hops add little except some predictable sweetness. It's pretty boring and bland all around, but the cream is a redeeming feature. The caramel is poorly handled. A very simple beer; it's not complex or subtle at all.

Mf: Some creamy quality. Smooth and wet. Carbonation is adequate. Should be more coarse. Thickness is okay.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Why brew this? An uninspired pale ale. I wouldn't get it again unless it was the least crappy beer in a bar. Another disappointment from Bristol.

C-

07-26-2012 01:50:18 | More by kojevergas
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

12-14-2013 20:22:12 | More by BillRoth
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

01-04-2014 19:50:17 | More by LXIXME
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dirtylou

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +10%

12oz single from Brennan's, bottled in the 3rd week of august apparently

appearance: a hazy apricot-amber, mysterious cloudy body, a mild foamy beige head tops it off, bubbly lacing throughout

smell: pretty faint aromas, lightly sweetened caramel malt, some grapefruity hop aroma, mildy floral bouquet

taste: rather enjoyable, super fruity...passion fruit, sour grapefruit, slight lemon zest....slightly chalky, floral american amber like flavours...nice flavours, not very juicy though...hops are dry and subdued

mouthfeel: medium body, chalky, smooth

drinkability: pretty good session, a nice little apa

01-30-2006 02:24:40 | More by dirtylou
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

12 oz bottle with bottled on notches showing it being brewed in late Dec. 2009. Pours a medium copper color with a pretty significant amount of haze. Head is fairly small and large-bubbled. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

The nose on this beer is pretty nice. Caramel, toffee maltiness and piney, grassy hops are both very noticeable. Smells very much like a freshly opened bag of cascade hop pellets. Fresh and clean.

Piney hops are in the forefront on the tastebuds with a fairly lifeless malt background. Low carbonation does not help and in fact tastes a bit better straight out of the bottle. It has a watery mouthfeel despite some caramel and toasty malt in evidence. Hops do carry nicely from the front of the beer all the way to a moderately bitter finish. This APA is ok, but all the components do not seem to come together just right for me and the low carbonation is kind of a bummer. In all fairness though, I remember having it on tap at the brewery and enjoying it much more.

03-20-2010 17:26:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Orange/amber color with a very lighr (protien?) haze. Poured a 1 finger offf-white head with fair retention (though thin. Laced inconsistently. Lightly decanted continuously.

S: Surprised with the nose on this one. Plenty of flaral hops. Sweet malts in the foundation and a nice citrus zest to freshen it up.

T: Biscuity malts that weren't very sweet up front left it a little flat (maybe just a let-down from the smell). Taste overall just not very big. Light bitter in the finish balanced it nicely.

M: Medium body. May have needed a bit more carbonation. Very smooth and mellow beer.

D: Enjoyed the beer and very easy to drink. One of the milder APA's out there - not overdone in any aspect.

03-04-2009 15:33:52 | More by Haybeerman
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Durge

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

A nicely hazed amber colored brew with a decent off-white head and solid lacing. The aroma is heavily grapefruit with just a mild malt base, very much along the lines of the piney hops you might get from an IPA. The flavor is again quite hoppy as pale ales go, very tastey with a tangy carbonation and a bit of biscuit present. Despite the somewhat tart/bitter hops overtone it maintains a pleasant feel and drinkability. Finishes with a sort of dry pine sweetness, medium body. A rather bright and refreshing hoppy ale. Give it a try.

10-03-2007 04:54:35 | More by Durge
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of small floaters. Aromas of some floralness, light caramel, and cookie dough. Tastes of cookie dough, caramel, oranges and some citrus.

Notes from: 3/22/06

01-07-2009 18:31:37 | More by hopdog
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crobinso

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-05-2013 16:38:30 | More by crobinso
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

05-23-2014 02:25:15 | More by WDJersey
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rye726

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%

Color is a rich mahogany. Tan head has good retention. The nose has a biq bouquet of floral and piney hops and a subtle fruity malt base. Flavors of a big mixture of hops up front and through the finish. A firly complex malt structure. Good stuff. Medium body gives a good feel. A unique pale ale.

05-08-2008 06:15:30 | More by rye726
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Rayek

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

On-tap and served into a shaker pint glass.

A: The orange amber color is quite hazy. A cream colored head is dense and has very good retention. Leaves nice spots of lace.

S: Lemon and grapefruit Citrus with a touch of grass and toasted bread.

T: Malt has toasted quality with a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops dominate the flavor, with grapefruit and lemon. Bitterness level; however, is moderate. Finishes relatively dry with a lingering bitterness and a touch of straw.

M: Medium light body is a little grainy. Carbonation level is right.

D: This is a pretty straightforward APA. It makes for a good social beer.

06-02-2010 03:25:08 | More by Rayek
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -24.9%

Pint glass, half finger of head. Cloudy, copper colored body.
Smell is malty, wet grain in a barnyard. Not great.
Taste is sour with mild bitterness. It's a bit disjointed.
Smooth texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
Not too impressed with this. Not horrible, but missing the mark.

12-16-2012 02:36:12 | More by Fatehunter
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

pulled from a tap into an imperial pint

a: light amber hue. pours a frothy, off-white head. craters slowly leaving a persistent beer ring. substantial lacing.

s: malt, lots o' hops, basil, clove, and a little citrus.

t: Italian bread, sharp hops, and just a touch of Italian spice and maybe even a smaller touch of some indistinct sweetness.

m: light body, and a little shallow. a bitter pungency lingers throughout.

d: bitter finish dictates this is more of a sipping. variety.

atmosphere is solid. great color, nice frothy head, and plenty o' lacing. nose has a lot going on with some grains, Italian spice, and citrus. flavor is bitter and hoppy with those same spices prominently featured. overall, this is a really nice quaff.

11-16-2011 22:33:50 | More by bmwats
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woemad

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -20.6%

12oz bottle purchased by a friend who just came back from a visit to Colorado Springs. According to the label, this was bottled at the end of August, but no year is given.

From the looks of it, this was yet another Bristol beer that had been sitting out in the open for a long time, probably since August of 2006. This poured a copper color, with the merest whiff of white foam and very slight spotty lace. Very few bubbles could be seen racing upwards in the glass.

This has the best nose of any of the Bristol beers I've cracked open. Piney hops can be discerned, but they're not too strong. There's also a mild, bready maltiness.

This tastes like what a growler of a hoppy pale ale or an ipa tastes like about 4 days after the growler was opened. There's a pine flavor that hits first, then a matching maltiness that more or less balances it out. While there's none of the OTT diacetyl flavor that marred the other Bristol beers I've tried, this still suffers from it's very un-fresh condition, causing the flavors to come across as pretty anemic. It's too bad, as this tastes like it was once a very tasty hoppy pale ale.

The mouthfeel is flat and lifeless, and underscores the fact that this must have been sitting around for a long time.

Probably a very nice, quaffable beer when fresh, but this example is lightyears from fresh. My friend bought this and other Bristol beers at a local Co Springs liquor store that has obviously been sitting on them over a year. Bristol needs to stop selling beers to that place if they want their beers to give a good accounting of themselves.

10-03-2007 23:53:52 | More by woemad
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%

Appearance: Very clear rich Amber color with a small head when aggressively poured. This head fell pretty quickly to a wisp around the glass.

Aroma: Some caramel mixed with some mild nutty notes. There is a bit of restrained esters that remind me of some more complex fruit like apricots or some such.

Taste: I am not too sensitive to Diacetyl, but I believe that there may be some present in this beer. I get some caramel that seems to mix with the butterscotch. There are some bold floral hops in here that are subtle in the beginning, but then fade in slowly for a decidedly bitter finish.

Opinion: I am not a huge fan of the one-sided pale ales that we see so often, but this beer has some malt to balance out the hops a bit. The hops are still the key player, but this beer doesn't seem one-sided. If I were going to make a constructive comment, it would be that the middle of the profile is lacking. It seems like we only have additions at bittering, and at knock-out. The hops could be more rounded without being more pronounced. It is still a very drinkable beer.

07-21-2005 07:24:04 | More by SkeeterHawk
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz. bottle tried 13 May 2010.

Served in a Twisted Pine shaker pint. Medium sized orange colored head. Light carbonation. Clear toffee brown color. Aroma is light, little bit of resin and soapiness. Lots of nutty caramel sweetness to start, finish is lightly hopped. Medium body, mild ethanol.

Easy to drink.

06-05-2010 15:30:09 | More by htomsirveaux
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

12-06-2013 04:24:10 | More by rorjets
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Red Rocket Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.